Lost in Cognito

Fiction - General
122 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2012
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Author Biography

Patricia Veazey Alvarado grew up in Abbeville, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with a degree in French and English. Then in a spirit of adventure she moved to the Republic of Panama to teach with the United Fruit Company. Later she received a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. After her 30-year teaching career, she now dedicates her time to writing bilingual children’s stories and to laughing, especially at herself. Pat resides in Panama with her husband, their elegant cat and their mutt.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

Private investigator Jake Brown has a new case. Although all he is provided is a worn photograph and a date, he is determined to do what he does best, find missing people. When he arrives in the city of Cognito he immediately feels a kinship with the town and decides to begin his search in the local research library. On finding that the town was established in 1802 and that records of all arrivals have been recorded since that time he begins his research then, instead of when his missing subject was last seen. With the help of a willing librarian he becomes more enthralled with the city’s history and the librarian. Along the way he reflects on the past and how it is so easy to become lost in Cognito.

"Lost in Cognito" is an interesting story although rather short. I found it the complete opposite of what I envisioned when I started to read. It is not a normal P I story. The author has developed an interesting set of characters and a setting that quickly grips the imagination, a simple life in a simple town. Throughout the story, the author uses a series of flashbacks to give the reader an insight into the main character's life. At first I was a little confused by the plot but in the end I found it to be interesting enough to keep me reading long enough to complete the story in one setting. For me the story ended a little too soon and left me wanting more. Overall, well done.